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Roadtrip Round-up

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This is a sad time you guys. I've run out of road trip material to write about.  Sad, right? Well, my cross country road trip did give me enough content for over 6 weeks of posts. If you missed any posts, don't fret!  I've made it super easy for you to see all of the content from my 10-day trip below!  These are the places you can read about/really just look at pictures:

St. Louis, Missouri
Memphis, Tennessee
Cadillac Ranch, Texas
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Zion National Park, Utah
Valley of Fire, Nevada
Seven Magic Mountains, Nevada

I've laid out reasons to visit these places, the best places to go and even tips on what to bring on your next road trip and how to plan it.  For weeks now, people have been asking me what my favorite place to visit was.  After thinking about, I don't think I can just pick one.  There were great aspects of really everywhere we went.  St. Louis, was the biggest surprise of the trip.  You can read all about it.  It's a great city.  Memphis barbecue was better than I expected and I expected it to be so good.  Cadillac Ranch is pretty out of the way, unless you're driving on Route 66.  It is a really cool site and is interactive since you too can graffiti the cars.  White Sands was so picturesque and serene.  All you could see was sand for miles and you can't forget about the sledding.  Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park are the perfect places to visit.  They are so breathtaking that you really just have to see them for yourself.  So what are you waiting for? Go check them out now!

Yours Truly // Shannon

The Valley of Fire

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If you find yourself with time to kill in the Vegas area or are driving across Nevada to Utah, I've found the perfect place to stop through.  And it will literally feel like you've stepped foot onto Mars.  Like many of the other stops we made on our cross country road trip, I, too, found the Valley of Fire on Pinterest.  Trust me, search it on Pinterest and you'll see what I mean.  It's a gorgeous places filled with a landscape so vibrant and colorful that even these photos don't convey.

The Valley of Fire is only about an hour outside of Vegas.  The rock formations are something that you feel couldn’t be part of this world.  It makes you wonder how they came to be.  It obviously is in the desert so the temperatures can get extremely hot.  If at the very least you take the drive through the Valley making occasional stops without actually hiking I feel like you can definitely still feel like you’ve experienced the beauty of it. The picturesque wave formations created in the rocks aren’t visible, unfortunately, from the road.  You have to hike a little to get to those areas. It was probably over 100 degrees already at 8am when we were there so we didn’t do the hike.  Thus, no pictures of the cool wave formations.  Bummer, I really wanted to see them.  Maybe I’ll be able to visit again in the future!

For photography sake, I’d suggest going at magic hour, either in the morning or in the evening.  I feel like the colors will really come out with the great lighting during those two hours.  There are plenty of cool things to see in the Valley of Fire, besides the amazing red rock formations.  There are hieroglyphics, petrified logs and plenty of native desert plants and animals.

Whether you’ve heard of the Valley of Fire or not, it’s definitely a place to add to your travel bucket list.


Yours Truly  // Shannon